Do You Know the Tiny Texas Town Where George Strait was Born?

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If you’ve followed George Strait throughout his life and career in country music, no doubt, you’re aware that the tiny Texas town where he was born is known as Poteet. Located in Atascosa County, its claim to fame is producing the absolute King of Country Music. Does it get any better than that?

Strait was born on May 18, 1952. It’s our guess that Poteet would never be the same after it was discovered that this Texas star was skyrocketing to fame on the country music charts. But then, perhaps they weren’t aware of their celebrity status.

Do You Know the Tiny Texas Town Where George Strait was Born?

Photo: Facebook/George Strait

In 1981, Strait had his first hit single with the song “Unwound.” Throughout the 1980s, moving right on up through into recent years, he continued to produce number ones on the country charts. He has since been named Artist of the Decade by the Academy of Country Music, has been nominated into the Country Music Hall of Fame, and has won countless awards, including a number of Entertainer of the Year trophies. He’s also known for a phenomenal touring career… but, we digress.

Do You Know the Tiny Texas Town Where George Strait was Born?

Photo: Facebook/Texas County and District Retirement System (TCDRS)

As of the 2010 census, the population of Poteet, Texas, was 3,260. It got its name from the first postmaster to work there, a Francis Marion Poteet. Although it doesn’t have a “George Strait Festival,” it most definitely features a “Poteet Strawberry Festival.”As such, it’s known as the Strawberry Capital of Texas. It’s also home to the World’s Largest Strawberry…which sits atop the Poteet water tower. And, up until now, you probably thought there wasn’t much to this tiny Texas town. Well, when you’re known as the birthplace of country music royalty, you could hardly stand much more publicity than that! Have you visited Poteet? Tell us about your experience there!